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Featured Events

All events included with admission to Discovery Center unless otherwise noted. General admission: $8 adults; $8 children ages 2-17; free to Discovery Center Members and children age 1 and younger.

 

Nano Day

Saturday, March 28;

11:30 am–3:30 pm

Explore the incredible infinitesimal world of Nano Science! Greeting cards that sing, fabric that stretches, and thermom­eters that turn color owe their remarkable properties to this cutting-edge technology. Meet real scientists, learn about future applications, and delve into special hands-on projects as you discover how tiny size can make an enormous difference.

Sponsored in part by Viking Chemical Company; NISE Network

 

 

 

 

Spring into Science

Monday-Friday, March 30–April 3

11:00 am - 3:30 pm

Engage in fun art activities and attend a live science demonstration. Enjoy one of our 3 daily planetarium shows ($0.50/members and $1.00/public).  All other activities and science shows included with paid admission to the Museum.

 

Egg Hunt Egg-stravaganza

Saturday, April 4; 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Discovery Center joins Burpee Museum for this annual egg-stravaganza! Hop into your favorite museum to fill your basket with yummy treats. Kids 9 and under can look for eggs beginning at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. The rest of the time, children of all ages can create super springtime art and jump into egg-cellent fun.

All children, ages 9 and under, are asked to bring their own baskets to hunt for plastic eggs.  Everyone is encouraged to arrive at least 20 minutes before start times as the egg hunts will begin promptly.  Children will be divided into age groups and have separate hunts at both times.

Burpee Museum will have a variety of unusual eggs on display and baby animals to pet. 

Members of either museum: Children $2/Adults no charge Public: Children: $11/Adults $8, includes admission to both museums

 

Spray Bottle Painting Messy Monday

Monday, April 6; 11:00 am - 3:00pm

Join us for special art projects on Messy Mondays in the Art Studio from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Projects are included with Discovery Center admission.

 

Mornings of Fun for Everyone

Saturday, April 11th; 9:00 am - 10:00 am

We invite children with disabilities and their immediate families to experience Discovery Center’s multi-sensory exhibits and activities free of charge before the museum opens to the general public. A healthy snack will be served at 10:00 a.m. and families are welcome to stay and play after the museum opens to the public. Advanced registration is required to receive free admission. Call 815-972-2839 or email sues@discoverycentermuseum.org.

 

Future Nurses Academy                                

Saturday, April 18; 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

                                                                                                                                                                   

Come to Discovery Center and see what it’s like to be a nurse! From checking X-Rays to taking blood pressure, kids of all ages can get their hands on real equipment, talk to real nurses, and make the rounds on this day of medical fun. Take home a working stethoscope; mix an ointment; get a cast, check reflexes, and more!  Those who finish their nursing schedule will receive a pin at “graduation”! Included with Discovery Center admission.

Sponsored by Saint Anthony College of Nursing.

 

Astronomy Day

Saturday, April 25; 11:00 am–4:00 pm

Discovery Center celebrates National Astronomy Day with free planetarium shows, star maps, and glittery star crafts. Check out the inner workings of a telescope and take a close-up look at our star the Sun with the Rockford Amateur Astronomy Club.

Sponsored in part by Astro–Physics, Inc.

 

 

Fizzicks Fiesta – Tres de Mayo

Sunday, May 3, 2015 1:00–4:00 pm

Help us celebrate Cinco de Mayo a little early and find out how physics can make you mighty! Construct a siege engine, manu­facture a maraca, fizz the colors of the Mexican flag, pin the tale on the piñata and more! Wear your huaraches and take part in live physics demos that will blow your sombrero off!

 

Blow Painting Messy Monday

Monday, May 25; 11:00 am-3:00pm

Join us for special art projects on Messy Mondays in the Art Studio from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Projects are included with Discovery Center admission.

 

Mornings of Fun for Everyone

Saturday, June 6; 9:00 am - 10:00 am

We invite children with disabilities and their immediate families to experience Discovery Center’s multi-sensory exhibits and activities free of charge before the museum opens to the general public. A healthy snack will be served at 10:00 a.m. and families are welcome to stay and play after the museum opens to the public. Advanced registration is required to receive free admission. Call 815-972-2839 or email sues@discoverycentermuseum.org.

 

E-I-E-I-O

June 19; 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Climb aboard the tractor and explore life on the farm! Get your arms around some live cuddly critters in our barnyard! Don’t miss the opportunity to play with your food; guess that grain; and become a contestant on the Wheel of Farming game show. Turn your fingerprints into a cow; create a crazy hat and more, with a quack quack here and a baa baa there!

 

CHEM-Tastic!

June 26; 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

We’re mixing up a mess of chemical reactions! Add cold water to make heat; grow an instant crystal; concoct a fizzy potion; and create color changes that look like magic!  Turn chemistry inside out and use it to make a work of art; and take part in a dazzling demonstration! Dress for mess today!

 

Kaboom!

Friday, July 3; 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 4; 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Science and art are the stars during these red white and blue days of family fun! Discover the secret ingredients that put the oohs and ahhs in fireworks; test your rocket design and send a mini-missile soaring; create patriotic art; and more!  You’ll be the hit of the parade with a light-up hat and noise maker you invent yourself! On Saturday evening, leave the car parked here and take the short stroll downtown for festivities and fireworks.

 

Diggin’ Dinos     

July 10; 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Lace up your boots, put on your sunscreen, and head to Discovery Center’s outdoor dinosaur quarry. Uncover a mystery; play with plaster; test your mastery of the Mesozoic in our dinosaur game show; and use your Cretaceous creativity. Touch real dinosaur bones; talk to a paleontologist; and get a feel for fossils in this hands-on day of fun in the dirt!

 

Journey to Mars

July 17; 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Attend an astronaut academy and become part of the engineering team that designs the wheels for a Mars Rover. Then check your trajectory; sample astronaut food; and get ready to blast off to the red planet! Attend a special planetarium show; view a NASA presentation; and more!   

 

Mission: Minecraft

July 24; 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  

     

Get your hands on real ore and examine rocks as you dig in and gather the materials needed to fashion a fortress. Transform minerals into metal; harness the sun’s energy; make a zombie deflector; and practice your building skills. Transform physics, math, and chemistry into survival tools you can use in this hands-on adaptation of the popular game!

 

Gettin’ Corny

July 31; 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

                  

How many ways do we use corn? Explore the many facets of this incredibly versatile plant as we manufacture biodegradable plastic; invent a popcorn topping; concoct a non-Newtonian fluid; witness ethanol explosions; sample sugars; make a-maize-ing art; and even take part in corny math!

 

Frozen

August 7; 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.    

Liquid nitrogen, dry ice, and instant snow are just the beginning of this chilly experience. Check yourself for brain freeze; toss a snowball at the target; make a melty masterpiece; and see what Olaf can teach you about science! Come in costume!  Bring your gloves!

 

Mornings of Fun for Everyone

Saturday, August 8; 9:00 am - 10:00 am

We invite children with disabilities and their immediate families to experience Discovery Center’s multi-sensory exhibits and activities free of charge before the museum opens to the general public. A healthy snack will be served at 10:00 a.m. and families are welcome to stay and play after the museum opens to the public. Advanced registration is required to receive free admission. Call 815-972-2839 or email sues@discoverycentermuseum.org.

 

Whoosh and Sploosh

August 14; 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

          

What fun you’ll have with drips and drops and breezes and gusts on this wacky day when liquids and gases take center stage. Use wind and water to create a work of art! Defy gravity; make a toy; and take part in science demos that will blow you away! Dress to get wet and wind-blown!

 

Mornings of Fun for Everyone

Saturday, October 10; 9:00 am - 10:00 am

We invite children with disabilities and their immediate families to experience Discovery Center’s multi-sensory exhibits and activities free of charge before the museum opens to the general public. A healthy snack will be served at 10:00 a.m. and families are welcome to stay and play after the museum opens to the public. Advanced registration is required to receive free admission. Call 815-972-2839 or email sues@discoverycentermuseum.org.

 

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